Aug
27
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // ManMade DIY Toscana Table
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Estimated Cost 
Length of Time 
Modifications 
Lumber Used 
Finishing Technique 
Additional Project Details 
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // ManMade DIY Toscana Table
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Aug
19
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Chesapeake Daybed
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Chesapeake Daybed
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Chesapeake Daybed
Aug
12
2015
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Project Details

At long last, we have the plans for a toddler sized house bed playhouse! You all loved the twin sized version so much that I am rolling out the other requested sizes and each will have a slightly different variation in style, from the last. Hopefully this will let you choose your own adventure with this project, depending on your needs and how it will function. 

We are also giving something new a bit of a try and I will be including a special download for the printable version of this project. It will have larger images and none of the extra stuff! I will update this in just a bit with the printable version and as usual... 

With all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. Don't forget... for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$75-$150
Dimensions
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Tools
Lumber
  • 5 - 1x4 at 8'
  • 2 - 2x4 at 8'
  • 5 - 2x3 at 8'
  • 1 - 2x3 at 6'
  • 1 - 2x2 at 6'

 

Materials
Cut List
  • 14 - 1x4's at 27" - Slats
  • 2 - 2x4's at 52" - Lower Side Rails
  • 2 - 2x4's at 27" - Head and Foot Rails
  • 3 - 2x3's at 52" - Center and Side Boards
  • 4 - 2x3's at 36" - Posts
  • 2 - 2x3's at 22 3/4" - Roof
  • 2 - 2x3's at 21 1/4" - Roof
  • 2 - 2x3's at 47" - Upper Side Rails
  • 1 - 2x3 at 5 1/2" - Chimney
  • 1 - 2x3 at 8 1/2" - Chimney
  • 1 - 2x3 at 4 1/2" - Chimney
  • 1 - 2x2 at 47" - Pitch Rail

 

Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut all 6 boards to size and then bevel the 4 posts at a 45° angle, making sure to keep the length of your original cut. You will be making 2 units here and you can drill your pocket holes in the bottom rails as shown, and set your Pocket Hole Jig for 1 1/2" material. Attach your posts to your Rails using glue and 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws. Your posts will sit with the longer edge on what will be the inside and the same side as your pocket holes.

** When you bevel, you are simply cutting your board at an angle with your board laying flat and your miter saw tilting 45° rather than being turned at a 45° angle as it would be when you miter.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 2

Create your inner frame by cutting your boards to length and attaching them to your Head and Foot Rails. If you prefer for your slats to sit flush with the rails, secure the Center and Side Boards 3/4" down from the top edge of the Head and Foot Rails and 1/4" up from the bottom edge. Secure the Center and Side Boards in place using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" material and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and glue. Attach the center board first for ease of securing with pocket hole screws and you can place the pocket holes on the outsides of the Side Boards since they won't be seen.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 3

Now you will attach the 3 units you have built by securing the Side Boards to the Bottom Rails with 2" wood screws and glue. Use your countersink drill bit to pre-drill for screws that will sit flush with your boards. Since you will secure the Side Boards directly to the Bottom Rails, you can simply glue the Head and Foot Rails to the Side Boards if you wish, but there is no need to worry about securing these with screws or pocket holes.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 4

Fasten your slats in place using 1 1/2" brad nails or finish nails. If you don't have a nail gun at your disposal, you can opt to use 1 1/2" screws, just be sure to countersink them using your countersink drill bit to pre-drill and then fasten your screws with a phillips head drill bit. The slats should fit perfectly with no spaces between them, but it would be wise to dry fit just to be sure!

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 5

Now for the fun part! This looks so much more complicated than it actually is - promise! Cut your boards to length and note that you will be creating 2 units for the pitch of your roof and that the 2 boards that form one unit are not the same length. One side is going to be 1 1/2" longer than the other. Once you have them cut to length, bevel one end of each board at 45°. Be sure to keep the length as directed when you do this. Once you have beveled the end of each board, you will create your pitch by securing the straight cut end of one long and one short piece together. Please be sure to set the short piece to the inside edge of the longer piece as you see in the diagram.

Once you have your 2 roof units created, you can secure them to your posts using glue and 2" wood screws, downward from the top edge of your bevel down into your posts. Be sure to countersink and pre-drill so your screws are flush.

**Note that these pieces will sit flat for beveling as well as when you secure them to create your pitch. The face of your roof boards should match that of your posts and both will have the face side of your board (the 2 1/2" side) run the length of the bed (the longer sides) rather than the width (the shorter head and foot). This means that when you look at your bed from the side, your boards will appear slightly bigger than they do when you look at your bed from the head or foot, but all should match.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 6

Secure the rails in place using 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and glue. Cut your rails to length, noting that the top rail that runs the between the 2 roof units is a 2x2 while the Upper Side Rails are 2x3's. The 2x3's will sit with the face of your boards (the 2 1/2" side) facing outward. Place pocket holes for 1 1/2" material on either end of one face of the 2x3's and secure to the Posts and Roof Units from the inside of your bed. Note that the top edge of your Rails will actually sit flush with the top edge of your roof board bevel. Place your pocket holes for 1 1/2" material on either end of your 2x2 Pitch Rail and secure this sitting flush to the very top of the pitch of your Roof. Place your pocket holes on the underside of your Pitch Rail so they aren't visible.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 7

This last step is optional, but pretty adorable. To create a chimney, you will simply cut all 3 pieces to length, and then bevel the legs at 45°. Secure all 3 pieces together using 2" wood screws and glue and be sure your beveled edges face the same direction and note that this chimney unit will also sit with the face of your board (the 2 1/2" side) sitting the same way your posts and your roof sit (along the sides) with the sides of your board (the 1 1/2" side) facing the front and back.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Kiddos 
Outdoor 
Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Aug
10
2015
The Design Confidential's Builders Showcase // Asian Style Bookshelf

This is only my 4th project. If I can build this, you can too!

I had blue cut birch plywood for me so I could get it home in my car.  I sanded it really well, using several grades of sandpaper, I stained it with kona colored stain and put it together very easily.  The only trouble I had was when my daughter and I brought it from the garage into the house because it's big, awkward and heavy.  Thanks to TDC for posting these plans.    Get building...you won't be sorry.

Estimated Cost 

$120.00 for screws, wood and stain.

Length of Time 

15-20 hours? I'm not sure, I work on stuff when I can...and I'm slow and my garage is very disorganized which slows me down even more.

Lumber Used 

birch plywood - 2 sheets

Finishing Technique 

kona stain - it's really dark - love it

Jul
29
2015
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Project Details

Is it hot enough out there for you? Treat the kiddos to some stylish shade provided by this Kid's Double Chaise with matching awning! Yahoo, how adorable is this beauty?

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. Don't forget... for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$75-$125
Dimensions
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Tools
Lumber
  • 3 – 1x2 at 8’ 
  • 18 – 1x4 at 8’                                   
  • ​2 – 2x2 at 8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 1x4 at 12” – Legs
  • 2 – 1x4 at 59-3/4” – Chaise Sides
  • 2 – 1x4 at 45-3/4” – Chaise Ends
  • 1 – 1x4 at 45-3/4” – Frame End
  • 2 – 1x4 at 34” – Frame Centers
  • 16 – 1x4 at 47-1/4” – Slats
  • 6 – 1x2 at 2-1/2” – Back Rest Stops
  • 2 – 1x2 at 19-1/2” – Back Rest Stop
  • 1 – 1x2 at 44-1/4” – Head Support
  • 1 – 1x2 at 43-3/4” – Back Rest Frame End
  • 4 – 1x2 at 20” – Back Rest Frame Centers
  • 6 – 2x2 at 15” – Back Rest Sides
  • 3 – 2x2 at 13” – Back Rest End
  • 1 – 2x2 at 45-1/4” – Long Back Rest End
  • 4 – 1x4 at 48” – Awning Posts
  • 2 – 1x4 at 50-3/4” – Awning Ends
  • 2 – 1x4 at 33-1/2” – Awning Sides
  • 2 – 1x4 at 32” – Awning Sides
  • 3 – 1x4 at 52-1/4” – Awning Slats 
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Legs, Chaise Ends, Chaise Sides, Frame End, and Frame Centers. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Chaise Ends, Frame End, and Frame Centers. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws. Attach the Legs to the Chaise Sides with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the lower Slats. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. 

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Back Rest Supports. Position the Supports as shown and attach with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws or Brad Nails. The Back Rest Support will be 1/2” from the bottom of the Chaise Side.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 4

Cut the Head Support. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Head Support. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws.  The Head Support will be 1/2” from the bottom of the Chaise End.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 5

Cut the pieces for Back Rest Frame End and Back Rest Frame Centers. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in one end of the Back Rest Frame Centers. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws. 

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Slats. Position the Slats as shown, 1/4” apart. Attach the Slats to the Back Rest Frame with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. 

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 7

Place the Slat/Back Rest assembly on the Chaise as shown. Position so that there is a consistent 1/4” gap between the lower group of Slats and the upper group of Slats. Position the small hinges as shown and install per the manufacturer’s recommendations.  After installation, fold the Back Rest over so that it lays flat on the lower end of the Chaise. 

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 8

Cut the Back Rest Sides and Ends. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Back Rest Sides and assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Lastly, position the small hinges as shown and install per the manufacturer’s recommendations.  

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 9

To position the Back Rest, fold out the Back Rest Side/Ends assembly and place the Long Back Rest End in one of spaces between the Back Rest Supports.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 10

Cut the pieces for the Awning Ends, Awning Sides, and Posts. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Awning Ends. Assemble the Awning Ends to the top Awning Sides with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws. Attach the Posts to the top Awning Sides and to the bottom Awning Sides with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. 

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 11

Cut the pieces for the Awning Slats. Attach the Awning Slats to the Awning Ends and Awning Sides as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 12

Cut the piece for the Cloth Awning. Turn under each side of the Cloth Awning 1/2”, iron, turn over another 1/2”, and iron again. To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges. For the Awning Windows, cut out the window as shown and sew a zigzag stitch or apply fabric glue to prevent the fabric from unraveling. Secure the Cloth Awning to the Awning Frame with sticky back Velcro. 

Want to do more with this project? Attach clear vinyl on the window cutouts or attach wheels to the bottom of the Awning Posts!

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Kiddos 
Outdoor 
Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Jul
22
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Crate and Barrel Reef Sofas Chair and Fire Table

I modified the Design Confidential's plans to accomodate larger cushions and made a fire table to match. The plans are easy to follow and the Kreg jig made assembly a cinch.

Originally, I planned to use readily available Sunbrella cushions from Lowe's that were 25" square and around $90 for the sofas and chair. Unfortunately, they were back ordered so I found a guy on Etsy who custom manufactures cushions near me and only cost a bit more. Overall the dimensions of the sofas are 82" wide and 32" deep and 28" tall. I made the arms a bit taller as I am 6'5" and wanted the back cushions to have a little more support. The fire table is 50" by 30" with a 30" by 10" fire pan and burner inside. The burner and pan was purchased on Amazon and I isolated it from the cedar base by using metal L brackets and U-shaped aluminum channels over the L-brackets (U-side down). The burner pan sits on top of the U-channels which are a little over 30" apart and in the center of the table. The marble is calacatta gold but looks more like carrara. The fire glass is from allfireglass, a retailer on Ebay. The wood was finished with Sikkens Cetol CRD, which is a marine grade finish designed to keep the cedar looking like new without the typical gray-silver weathering that occurs after a couple years.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Crate and Barrel Reef Sofas Chair and Fire Table
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Crate and Barrel Reef Sofas Chair and Fire Table
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